Saturday, May 2, 2015

I-84 Stack Interchange

Hidden in plain view towering over Interstates 84 in Farmington, CT sits a multi-stack highway interchange never used by the public. If you thought CT Route 11 was cool you are going to love this. It was planned to be the first four stack interchange in Connecticut's history and plans reached there final details in the 60's and by 1969 when man landed on the moon the construction began. While the highway was almost completed, in 1973 issues with the MDC reservoirs in West Hartford halted all further work and the interchange was left for dead.

As of 2015 there are no plans to open the interchange that has sit dormant for more then 20 years although one of the ramps has since opened.























Connecticut Highway Dept. ,1963


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19 comments:

  1. How much did that fiasco cost CT taxpayers?

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  2. Where did you find that '63 Highway Dept. document? It's very interesting!

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  3. Not photod: the graffitti by local teens

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  4. Very cool. My friends and I have been there a few times. Be careful when you go. The bridges all have to be serviced and inspected regularly because they are still a connected part of the bridge system. Asphalt is smooth enough to skate on!

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  5. Where exactly is this? Lived in CT all my life, been on 84 through Farmington 100's of times. Am I really that oblivious to my surroundings?

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    1. its on 84, right before the westfarms mall exit. The only 2 bridges out of 6 that are in use are the 2 exit ramps for where rt 9 ends. If the road had been completed it would have been a continuation of Rt 9 N

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  6. The original road that was to use this was I-291 that was never built on that side of the river. Hartford's traffic woes are to blame on that. Route 9 going there was originally not in the plans.

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  7. The abandoned highways used to be a favorite spot for highschool parties back in the 90's. The end of one of the abandoned ramps is off of the rt 9 south exit. Cops sit there sometimes and that particular abandoned highway heads towards the back of the UCONN Health Center.

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    1. Is there anywhere I could park to get to the bridges

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  8. > Where did you find that '63 Highway Dept. document? It's very interesting!

    Here: http://www.kurumi.com/roads/ct/xc-stack.html

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  9. couple of friends and i parked at the monastery nearby and took a path through the woods to reach the abandoned highway. We were there for about 10 minutes max before a person(not sure if homeless or cop) started chasing us. We ran away as fast as we could, would recommend going in the daytime as it can be a common place for homeless people and/or junkies

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  10. I went and was there for about 40 minutes before 2 cops came. One was a state trooper and the other local. Some graffiti says that the highway cams on the bridge give you away.

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  11. I went and was there for about 40 minutes before 2 cops came. One was a state trooper and the other local. Some graffiti says that the highway cams on the bridge give you away.

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  12. How do you get there from hartford?

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    1. If the Highway cams are that sensitive, skip going there.. Although, there was a video by a friend on youtube, https://youtu.be/C4GDGn5JOeg

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  13. Long before the project to extend Route 9, and the homes on Seminary Rd. were built, I walked up the side fo the hill, to the end point of the highway with a Moped, and rode almost the entire length of the concrete, short of the state garage nearby. I had to abandon my riding, when I spotted a state truck pulled onto what is now the I-84E Onramp, and scram back to the hillside. I'm glad they finally made use of it, But there is still the bottom straight-away, which is combined use temporary storage and they've been filling-in the section going under 2-mile Rd., with road sweepings.

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